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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Julius Tobias

The ancestor I spend the most time thinking about by far is Julius Tobias, my great great great grandfather. I admit I’m biased; as a Civil War buff, I have a tendency to focus on my Civil War ancestors. Julius … Continue reading

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Bridget McGovern

I wrote about Bridget (McGovern) Kiernan once before, my great great great grandmother who came to America with her children after her husband, Philip, had died. What I omitted from that post was that basically up until that day, I had … Continue reading

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Eight lives for the men and nine for the women

I’ve talked about this before, but genealogy has the misfortune of often being male-focused. Blame it on our fascination with soldiers added to the unique privilege men enjoy of never having to change their last name. Take this blog, for example: I’ve … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

For a long time, I was having difficulty tracing my German ancestors. I had always known my grandpa’s parents were Frank Erlanger and Agnes Heffernan (who, as her name suggests, was certainly not German, but rather Irish). I was told … Continue reading

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Let’s not forget the women

I find a lot of times when I’m researching my family tree that I tend to focus more on the men than the women. This isn’t some subversive attempt to undermine my gender; rather, it’s a commentary, I think, on … Continue reading

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Photo Friday

This is my Pop Pop’s ID photo from when he was a Radar Observer during WWII. Most likely it was taken in May of 1944 after he received his commission, which would make him 22 here. So young (younger than … Continue reading

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The Great War

I’ve been watching season 2 of Downton Abbey on PBS and it’s got me thinking about World War I. Several of my ancestors fought during the war, but like the History Channel I’m guilty of passing over their service in … Continue reading

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